Caterpillar Powers the Next Generation through donation of two engines

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WIMBORNE, United Kingdom – Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd continues its strong relationship with Bournemouth and Poole College through the supply of two engines for their Engineering, Marine and Motor Vehicle training.

On Thursday 19th July, Sandra Orchard, facility engineering supervisor at Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd (CMPUK) in Wimborne, handed over a CAT® C7.1 ACERT and a CAT® C4.4 ACERT to Mark Loose, director of learning engineering/advanced manufacturing at Bournemouth and Poole College.

The engines have been used at the Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd Wimborne facility for new product development and testing and have now come to the end of their lifecyle. Where one chapter finishes another will start, and the engines will now go on to train future generations in the local area.

Andrew Goldspink, general manager; “In Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd the Apprentice programme is an essential part of our team development plan. Our Apprentices attend Bournemouth and Poole College and a number are now on a pathway to higher qualifications such as HNC/Degrees. So, when we had the opportunity to give something back to the College we leapt at the chance. Being able to provide these engines so Apprentices and Students based in Dorset can improve their technical skills was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”

The Apprenticeship scheme between the Wimborne facility and the college has been running for five years, with these engines making the total donated to the college to three. Jordan Ostler and Kieran Phillips started their Apprenticeship back in 2013 and have subsequently gone on to complete their HNC. Currently there are six Apprentices at the facility with another five more joining in September.

Matt Butcher commercial director for The College; “It is essential for The College to teach students on the engines and machines they will use in their jobs. The support of Caterpillar is crucial to this and these engines will ensure that our Marine Technology Centre offers the best possible teaching environment for both apprentices and full-time students. The College is very grateful for the support of Caterpillar and we look forward to getting hands-on with the new engines and training the next group of Caterpillar apprentices.”

The Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd along with Bournemouth and Poole Collection taking receipt of the engines at the Wimborne facility.

Cat Hands over College 2 Engines to Train Students

L-R: Craig Robinson (Apprentice Manager Engineering/Marine, BPC), Conrad Vaughan (Co-ordinator/Assessor, BPC), Charlotte Guest (Apprentice, CMPUK), Sandra Orchard (Facilities Eng. Supervisor, CMPUK), Mark Loose (Director of Learning Engineering/Advanced Mfg, BPC), Aaron Palmer (Apprentice, CMPUK)